The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

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Chapter Three
Quiet and Good Order Are of All Things Desirable

Small bands, mainly of Secessionists, consisting mostly of young men, were scattered through every county in North Missouri. Their depredations and other acts of violence were committed without fear of personal exposure, even by the people most concerned. The fear of swift vengeance kept peaceable people quiet even in the midst of wrong and injustice. Pursuit of these bands by troops developed only men quietly working in the fields or in their offices. The moment United States troops appeared near them these bands dispersed, each man going to his home and resuming his usual occupation, being sure that for very sufficient reasons he would not be exposed. Young men attached to the Union cause were not slow to follow the evil example, either for revenge or other reason and in conjunction with the bands of Secessionists were thus keeping the whole country in an uproar, alike ruinous to good government and injurious to the people.

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